Saw this last night (by accident, sort of) but really enjoyed it. Watching old movies is so weird! It is so obvious that the audience of today expects something very, very different from what audiences of yesterday expected.
It is a fun movie, if a big long on the dance sequences. And sometimes scenes felt so out of place, and thrown in for no reason. (The diction coach!) But I adored the last few scences when things finally hit the fan!
The two main actors and the main actress were charming, and the gal’s voice so silky smooth. The other main female character…I wonder if she lost her voice doing that movie!
Perhaps one of the most interesting part of the film, to me, was the idea of the “talking picture” coming into being and becoming popular. It showed how, once a new technology pops on the market, and it is a hit, everyone scrambles to do it even at the expense of the quality of the product! This is exactly what has been happening in Hollywood today: instead of writing quality stories, they are either relying on special effects or a celebrity name to sell their movies. And while at one point that may have been exactly what the American public wanted, now the public is demanding a real story
And Hollywood wonders why box office tickets are plummeting. They blame it on piracy instead of on their own poor products.
Anyway, I’m glad I saw it.